Pusch Ridge Christian continued its winning formula of prolific passing and blanket defense, walloping the Miami Vandals 42-0 on Friday night.
The Lions are now 2-1, and travel to play at Baboquivari on Friday night.
Greg Schimke completed 10 of his 14 passes in the first half for 228 yards and five touchdowns. It was Schimke's third consecutive game with over 200 yards passing.
"Schimke could've thrown for more yards if we chose to," said Pusch Ridge coach Bob Vance.
The stop sign was put on by bringing in senior Aaron Vaughn, the second-string quarterback, and also by instructing the scoreboard operator to "run the clock" in the second half.
The Lions marched down the field quickly on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Brett Overstreet ran for 15 yards on the first play. Then, he carried for a 10-yard gain to take the ball down to Miami's 27-yard line. Schimke kept it for an 11-yard gain, before finding Vaughn in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown reception.
"We're a passing team," Vaughn said. "We spread it around. Winning again is a big confidence booster."
Vaughn led all receivers with 82 yards on two catches. He also caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Schimke that made it 21-0 in the first quarter.
Not to be outdone by the offense, the Lions defense recorded its second consecutive shutout. They held the Vandals to negative yards rushing for most of the first half. Late in the second quarter, quarterback Riley Mawson galloped 26 yards, but time ran out before Miami could threaten to score. Overall, the Vandals were held to 79 yards rushing, and 34 passing. Pusch Ridge also forced five fumbles.
The most dynamic offensive plays from the Lions came in the second quarter. Schimke found Tyler Vance with a pass, and he went 35 yards. A few plays later, Schimke threw a pass intended for Trever Cook in the end zone. As the ball approached the goal line, it looked like anyone's ball, but as it arched higher, a well-covered Cook snatched the ball away from his defender and grabbed the pass for a 12-yard touchdown. That made it 35-0.
"Coach (Lamar) Lovett teaches our receivers to go up high for the ball," Vance said. "Trever really did well with that."
Scoring on all six of their first-half possessions, the Lions appeared to be going nowhere on their final possession. A running play resulted in a loss, then a couple of penalties pushed the home team back near the Miami 40-yard line. Schimke went back to pass, started backpedaling, was hit but still managed to get his pass off. It found its way into the waiting arms of Brett Overstreet, who took it 37 yards to pay dirt. That gave the Lions their final score for a 42-0 halftime lead.
Chad Schafer carried the ball four times for 46 yards, while Overstreet had 30 yards rushing and a touchdown. Miami's quarterback Mawson was the game's leading rusher with 67 yards on 11 carries.
Through the air, Cook caught three passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Vance had two for 50, Overstreet two for 39 and a touchdown, Mitch Woody caught a pass for nine yards.
Kicker Chad Springetti made all six of his extra points, and his only punt of the game went 51 yards.
"We executed our fundamentals well," Vance said. "Our guys ran hard. We ran hard and over a couple of guys."
Entering the game there were concerns about injuries and missing people.
"We were nervous about our health," Vance said. "Overstreet was banged up, but it doesn't appear serious. Our other injuries (from tonight) are not serious."
Vaughn also weighed in on the subject.
"We've had a lot of people sick and injured," he said. "Two of our guys went to Africa on missions."
While the Lions are now 2-1 and coming off back-to-back one-sided wins, Vance is not overconfident.
"We have not won on the road yet. They (Baboquivari) usually have some strong kids."
PR-Aaron Vaughn 16 pass from Greg Schimke (Chad Springetti kick)
PR-Trever Cook 10 pass from Schimke (Springetti kick)
PR-Vaughn 67 pass from Schimke (Springetti kick)
PR-Brett Overstreet 4 run (Springetti kick)
PR-Cook 12 pass from Schimke (Springetti kick)
PR-Overstreet 37 pass from Schimke (Springetti kick)
Pusch Ridge statistics:
Rushing: Chad Schafer 4-46, Brett Overstreet 6-30, Tyler Vance 4-16, Greg Schimke 3-12, Woody 1-14, Nolan Reynolds 1-4, Aaron Vaughn 1-(-10);
Passing: Greg Schimke 10-14-0, 228 yards, Aaron Vaughn 0-1-0;
Receiving: Aaron Vaughn 2-82, Trever Cook 3-48, Tyler Vance 2-50, Brett Overstreet 2-39, Mitch Woody 1-9.